Letter: Tireless mask sewers

Sharon Hultzer of the Beacon of Care writes:

The coronavirus has certainly turned the world, as we know it, upside down.

It has also provided new arenas for many kind-hearted individuals to step into the role of helping others.

Beacon of Care offers hospice and palliative care to the seriously ill wishing to be cared for at home.

It is imperative that these patients are protected from any coronavirus contact, as their serious condition puts them at high risk of severe illness if exposed to Covid-19.

On visiting our patients during lockdown in Shakaskraal and Shakashead, Beacon of Care became aware of the large number of people in public who still did not have access to good quality, reusable fabric masks.

A formidable team of 5 ladies began to sew masks for Beacon of Care to distribute freely amongst the neediest.

These ladies have tirelessly given of their time and excellent sewing skills to create beautiful face masks week after week.

Beacon of Care wants to applaud and thank these hardworking sewing ladies for their dedication and selfless service.

They are helping to save lives, one mask at a time.

We want to also thank Beacon of Care’s Social Worker Kaishiree Delomoney together with Colleen Blew of Grace Aid who distributed more than 1 700 masks so far in Shakashead, Shayamoya, Shakaskraal, Nkobongo and Fraser in the past 3 months.

If any member of the public wants to help contribute by donating fabric, elastic or funding for Beacon of Care, please contact Sharon at 065 135 5214.